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CNN 10 - September 5, 2018

CNN 10

Japan Gets Hit By Strongest Typhoon in Decades; Tropical Storm Gordon is Spinning in the Gulf Coast and Headed for Mississippi; Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Start with Disruptions and Tense Moments; Botswana Has Largest Elephant Population in Africa But is That is Being Threatened; Mayor Race in Idyllwild, California

Aired September 5, 2018 - 04:00:00 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: A pair of storms starts off CNN 10 today. My name is Carl Azuz. It`s great to see you this September 5th. First we`re taking you to the Eastern Asian country of Japan which has just weathered it`s strongest typhoon in decades. Japanese Public Broadcast Company, NHK reports that at least 6 people have died and 160 have been injured since Typhoon Debbie made landfall on Tuesday. It hit the southern part of the island nation as the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane. Before it made landfall, Debbie had sustain wind speeds of 87 miles per hour. It soaked some parts of Japan with 20 inches of rain threatening widespread flooding.

It pushed ocean water ashore in a storm surge and it lashed buildings with rain and winds strong enough to rip off roofs. Hundreds of flights were cancelled in the region. 14,000 people were moved to refuge zones like school gyms and town halls and a tanker ship was blown from it`s anchorage at sea into a bridge in southern Japan. Though 11 crew members were aboard at the time, no one was hurt. In the Gulf of Mexico, a Tropical Storm named Gordon was spinning its way toward Mississippi Tuesday night and forecasters expected it would develop into a hurricane before it made landfall with sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour. Gordon`s storm surge was expected to be as high as 3 to 5 feet above sea level.

States of emergency were declared in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. That can speed up funding and aid to those who need it and while people near the beaches and coastal rivers of those states made preparations for the storm. The National Hurricane Center said heavy rain could be expected from the Florida Panhandle all the way to southern Arkansas.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Typhoons or hurricanes are cyclones. They are the same thing just in different oceans. A lot like hot cake is a flapjack is a pancake is a short stack. If you are west of the dateline, so west of Hawaii, north of the Equator, you`re a typhoon. If you`re in the Atlantic or the Pacific around America you are a hurricane. And if you are around the Indian Ocean or in the Southern Hemisphere, you`re a cyclone. So it`s not out of question for a hurricane to become a typhoon if it moves over the dateline. In fact, after crossing the International Dateline, Hurricane Genevieve turned into Typhoon Genevieve a few years ago.


CARL AZUZ: There are currently 8 sitting justices at the U.S. Supreme Court. One retired this summer and Senate hearings are entering their second day Wednesday for President Donald Trump`s choice to fill the vacancy. The nominee is Brett Kavanaugh. He`s currently a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge. His first day of hearings was yesterday and it got off to a tense start. Some protestors were escorted out of the room for shouting as the hearing began. There were also attempts by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to interrupt and postpone the hearing.

Some said they wanted more time to review 42,000 documents related to Judge Kavanaugh that were released the night before the hearing. Republicans said that more than 500,000 documents had already been released before then and with the U.S. mid-term elections scheduled for November 6th, some Democrats have indicated they want to slow down these proceedings until after the elections take place. While Republicans have signaled they want to get Judge Kavanaugh confirmed to the High Court before the elections.

Analysts expect that Judge Kavanaugh`s nomination will move forward as scheduled despite yesterday`s delays. The U.S. Constitution doesn`t specify how many justices need to serve on the High Court and the actual number of them fluctuated until Congress set the number at 9. That happened in 1869 and it`s been that way ever since.

10 Second Trivia. Which of these African nations who`s capitol is Gaborone is located between Namibia and Zimbabwe? Angola, Mozambique, Zambia or Botswana? In southern Africa only Botswana lies directly between Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Botswana`s home to the largest elephant population on the African continent. There are an estimated 130,000 of the animals there. In nearby countries like Angola and Zambia, elephants have been heavily poached, illegally hunted for their ivory tusks which are tremendously valuable on the Black Market. But Botswana used to be a place of relative safety for elephants. The last time the conservation group Elephants Without Borders audited northern Botswana in 2014, it found 9 elephant carcasses. In it`s most recent survey, it found 90.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): Getting ready to fly in Botswana`s far north.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Elephantocologist Mike Chase has spent years counting Savanna elephants from the sky.

(MIKE CHASE): Never before have we ever conducted a standardized survey for African elephants at a continental scale. All right, start counting.

I see (inaudible).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hundreds of air crew counted elephants in 18 countries across the continent over two years.

(MIKE CHASE): Elephants seven. Seven elephants. Right?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For three hours a day, they flew 10 minute (inaudible) at a time. Flying the distance to the moon and then some. Their results more shocking than anyone imagined.

(MIKE CHASE): Flying over areas where elephants (inaudible) occurred but are no longer (inaudible) habitats.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Killed for the ivory, in seven short years up to 2014 elephant numbers dropped by a staggering amount, almost 1/3. Across Africa their numbers are crashing. If nothing changes, the elephant population will halve in less than a decade. In some areas, they will go extinct.

(MIKE CHASE): It`s incredibly disheartening. Because I know that historically these ecosystems supported many thousands of elephants compared to the few hundreds or (inaudible) of elephants. Some landscapes we saw more dead elephants than live elephants.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Botswana is one of the last strongholds of elephant but now the poaching walls are on it`s doorstep. Now it seems like there`s a disturbing up tick in the poaching on the borders of Botswana and in Namibia.

(MIKE CHASE): I don`t think anybody in the world has seen the number of dead elephants that I`ve seen over the last two years of the great elephant census and for me this becomes a lot more personal. It`s hit home. And, you know, I`ve often been asked if I`m optimistic or pessimistic about the future of African elephants. And on days like today, I - - I feel like we are failing elephants. I thought Botswana had long eluded the ivory walls but all evidence to the contrary.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`ll continue to check branch two.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To fight the wall Botswana has mobilized the army (inaudible). With more than 700 troops guarding it`s northern border.

Patrols spend days in the bush on foot. They`re up against a sophisticated enemy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So we`re looking for any sign of poachers. If they come across and they`re often highly organized groups of about 12 people, two of them could be sheeters (ph) often. And those sheeters (ph) are frequently foreign special forces.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mike Chase`s research proves that if we can`t protect elephants. They will learn to protect themselves.

(MIKE CHASE): We can hear them snoring. He is in his prime about 30 to 35 years of age and it`s these young bulls that have the propensity to move dramatic distances and map their trans-boundary conservation corridors.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But their satellite tracking shows the elephants use incredible levels of intelligence to avoid poaching hotspots in neighboring countries. Retreating to the relative safety within Botswana.

(MIKE CHASE): We`re using this technology to safeguard and protect elephants to find them quickly and respond. It`s quite incredible being this close to this animal. It`s - - it`s (inaudible)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We called this bull Promise. For the promise that Mike Chase has made to save this magnificent species.


CARL AZUZ: The mayoral race in Idyllwild, California has gone to the dogs. This is Maximus Mighty Dog Muller (ph) the Second. So you can see why they just call him Max. He`s not only a Golden Retriever, he`s the mayor. And while he just sits around, gets treats and lets people pet him, the office is run by his Chief of Staff, his owner. Idyllwild has had pets for mayors since 2012. Residents have to pay $1.00 to vote and the election raises money for animal rescue that we`re sure a few bucks find their way to "pet projects". Now we`re not sure who leads as majority or minority "whippet".

Who heads up important "debarkments" like "pugs and recreation" or if any of this is even "beagle". But we`ll bet security`s provided by a "boxer".

Transportation`s provided by a "greyhound". And bureaucracy`s probably held up by a "terrier". I`m Carl Azuz.